Track and field legend Usain Bolt has warned fans not to “condemn and chastise” young Jamaican sprinter Antonio Watson.
Watson gestured in the shape of a gun and pretended to fire a shot at Edwin Allen High’s Bryan Levell as he crossed the finish line, came in for public criticism.
Bolt, who is arguably the greatest athlete of all-time, said people should not “condemn and chastise young Antonio Watson.”
“It important that we mold such talent so he can develop to maximize his full potential,” said Bolt.
Watson, who trailed Levell into the last 15 metres, got by to win the event in 20.74s. Levell finished second in 20.83.
Bolt, who won eight Olympic gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, is hoping fans will take a different approach to help the Petersfield student.
“Reason with him yes about his action but don’t crucify him. It’s a learning lesson & teachable moment for all. Youths be strong and remember anything is possible don’t think limit,” said Bolt, who holds the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) world records.
He admitted the “gestures could have been misleading” but was quick to make it clear that he has “no desire to negatively influence others.”
Meanwhile, Jamaica College (JC) won their 22nd title and the first in 10 years, while Edwin Allen made it seven straight and eight overall in nine years.
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